how I wrote about how the Mary Russell / Sherlock Holmes series was raging on at full force?
some of the happiest reading moments while playing hooky from my assigned
reading and diving into this book instead. I’m telling you: bliss.
setting. Man, I’m a sucker for a book set on the high seas. And this book
starts with Mary and Holmes studying Japanese onboard a ship, tutored by a
young Japanese woman who turns out to have some serious secrets. The picture of
them, toiling side by side to learn a challenging language, is really rather
setting. King brings Japan and its culture to life, so it’s like being there without
the discomforts of travel.
writing style. I’m telling you, it’s such a doggone comfort to relax in the
care of a skilled writer who does all the work so you don’t have to. I just
read and luxuriated in her smoothly constructed sentences and nearly purred.
delightful blend of zippy action and the mundane pleasures of daily life. Here’s
a scene from onboard the ship:
damp pages turned. For two hours, absolutely nothing happened: no shots rang
out, no tusked boars rampaged down the decks, no flimsy aeroplanes beckoned.
Normal life can be extraordinarily restful.” (p. 22)
book felt pretty much perfect to me. It might be a happy enough reading memory to tide me over until the next installment.